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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: WORLD ONLINE LOTTERY <worldnetdraw47@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 14:32:48 +0200
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION:(claim your prize)



ONLINE AWARD NETWORK PROMOTION 2007IN CONJUCTION WITH UK LOTTERYDIRECTOR OF THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT REF: NO EG/033-20737-750/25/08/07 BATCH: 340/1608/RDL. PIN:2WR407Q
ATTENTION: SIR/MADAM.
AWARD NOTIFICATION:

This is to inform you that you have won a prize award money of Eight Hundred and twenty Thousand Dollars ($820,000,00.) for the month of August, 2007 Prize promotional draw which is organized and sponsored by Internet service providers,giant software companies and corporate bodies aimed at encoraging internet use.
Internet service providers randomly collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other e-mail service accounts,accordingly several people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you emerged as one of our lucky winners in this category.
You won this lottery award because you are active online.All email addresses were selected via the net to mark world Internet day.This is part of the program to promote Internet in the world
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM Winners shall be paid in accordance with their Settlement/payment Centre,this Award must be claimed no later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.Your prize falls within Afro-Asian claims district,therefore contact the agent below for assistance.
MR DONALD NKOSI OF DONKOSI AGENCY & CONSULTING(PTY) Tel:+27 83 713 4137E-Mail: don_nkosi@yahoo.co.ukE-Mail: don_nkosi1@yahoo.co.uk
You are advised to send the following information to your Claims Agent to facilitate the release of your fund to you. 1. Full name.........................................................................................2. Country...........................................................................................3. Contact Address...............................................................................4. Telephone Number...........................................................................5. fax Number(if any)......................................................................................6. Marital Status....................................................................................7. Occupation.......................................................................................8. Date of birth.....................................................................................9. Gender.................................................................................................
Your fund is secured under a comprehensive insurance policy in your name, which permits nobody or group of persons to subtract from it. Due to mixed up of some numbers and names. We ask that you keepyour award details top secrete from public notice until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated account. As this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or disqualifications.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do please inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all members of staff and thank you for being a part of our promotions program.
Yours Sincerely
MR V.BROWN.(Prize Award Director)+44 703 181 7536
All rights reserveduk lottery 2007.
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